Peter Harrison Planetarium, London

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#8 of 19 in Childrens Museums in London
The Peter Harrison Planetarium is a 120-seat digital laser planetarium, situated in Greenwich Park, London and is part of the National Maritime Museum. It opened on 25 May 2007.
The planetarium uses Digistar 3 software with blue, red and green lasers and grating light valve (GLV) technology to create a 4,000 pixel strip. This strip is swept to produce a 5,000 by 4,000 pixel image, refreshed 60 times per second. The image is projected through a fisheye lens onto the dome of the planetarium.
This planetarium is housed inside a 45-ton bronze-clad truncated cone, tilted at 51.5o to the horizontal (the latitude of Greenwich), and stands parallel to (but 50 metres east of) the prime meridian. It was conceived under the then Director, Roy Clare CBE, as the centrepiece of the "Time and Space" project, a £17.7m re-development of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and funded with a £3.25m grant from the Peter Harrison Foundation.
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  • I took my 4 year daughter who - like me - loves learning about the stars and planets. Such a varied programme of films & talks means we’ll definitely return. Our guide was knowledgable and humorous an...  more »
  • First thing to note is that the on the door price is quite expensive. My advice is to become a one year "Royal Museum" Member. You can then take a look at all the Greenwich museums, and prebook ticket...  more »
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  • An absolutely wonderful experience! The tickets were good value and the surroundings beautiful. Who would have thought my kids would sit through a thirty minute narrated documentary about dark matter? Well, they did and I didn't hear a peep out of them throughout, except the odd "wow"! The Planetarium is modern, comfortable and really impressive to behold, from the exterior 'dome' to the interior 'cinema'... The experience is half way between watching a movie on a huge screen and riding a rollercoaster and is genuinely exciting... We'll be back!!
  • Not as amazing as I expected as a first time planetarium visitor. Seats are not allocated and ons may end up sitting separately from friends. Projector was not bright enough for my liking and lacked contrast and colours. The moderator was not very loud and sometimes one could not hear. The solar system tour ended up being a review of random facts of only 3 planets. Nevertheless some of the galactic images of universe were magnificent and zoom in and out effects on star clusters in planetarium space looked really brilliant. I liked the ending of the show where they showed the area of human known space and the vastness of universe in comparison. Probably I will go there again now when I know what to expect. It's not expensive and probably a unusual and positive experience for kids.
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